Your Vehicular Evolution

Copying Afghanmans post on old stuff.

Just thought about the evolution of my vehicles since 80.

In order and colour but not the actual vehicles of course.


Me, since 1975: Mini 850, Mini 1000, Viva HB, 2CV, Visa Club, Visa II Super E, BX, BX Estate, Xantia, Felicia Estate, Xsara Picasso.

The ones in green, I'd quite happily have again. Sod it, I'd also have the Viva, but only because it was a doddle to work on (just as well because it needed work regularly).


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Ford Granada Ghia 2.9, lada riva, Morris Marina 1973, Volvo 240GL Estate,Fiat Punto and now a Citreon C Crosser. Ones I had to give back when I sort of retired were a BMW760L and a Mercedes 320L S Class I loved the last two but cos they didn't belong to me I couldn't keep them
Morris 1000, Sunbeam Vogue, SAAB (two-stroke thing), Vauxhall Viva, Vauxhall Victor, Hillman Hunter GT, Cortina 2.3, Granada Mk4, Volvo 740, Vauxhall Sintra, L200, MG TF.

Plus of course lots of odds and sods that the Army have seen fit to entrust to me.
Since 1982 in order

1972 Pontiac Catalina coupe V-8 engine
1967 Chevy Box Nova
1973 Chevy Malibu
1997 Ford Taurus Station Wagon
1942 Willy's MB Jeep 4WD with correct ETO Markings
1998 Toyota Corolla
1998 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD
2009 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD
Most got replaced, but I had a few at the same time:

1986 Yamaha RD125DX
1987 Yamaha DT125LC (until 1990)
1989 Honda CJ250
1990 Kawazaki Z250
1991 Kawazaki GPz750
1992 Honda CB600
1992 Kawazaki KLR600
1994 Kawazaki GPx600
1995 Morris Ital Estate 1.8
1996 MG Metro 1.3 (until 1999)
1997 Ford Seirra 2.0 (died six months later)
1999 Mazda 323 1.3
1999 Mazda 626 estate 1.6
2001 Peugeot 307 SW 1.6
2012 Mazda 6 Elegance 2.0

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Since 1979:

73 Hillman Hunter
72 Saab 99
73 Citroen (paid £90, sold headlights for £30 and rest of car for £30)
81 Talbot Alpine
86 Peugeot 505 GTD. Got this to 260000 miles over 12 years.
93 Citroen diesel estate, forgot model.
87 Peugeot 505 GTD.
?? Mazda estate
ancient Beep-Beep van in Cyprus
96 Peugeot 406 diesel estate to about 240000 miles.
Currently in a another big Pug on 175000 miles.
Some flash buggers here!!!
Vespa P125E (with a 150 engine)
Vespa PX 125E (with a 180 engine)
Honda XBR 500 with full rickman fairing and boxes
Honda VFR 750
Honda CBR 600 (brand new, first of the CBRs)
Volkswagan Pole 1.0
Volkswagan Pole 1.0 (the one with the flat back to it)
Nissan Micra 1.0
Nissan Premera 1.6
BMW 1.8iS coupe
Brand new Reanault Megane 1.6 RXE
Kawazaki ZXR 400
Suzuki GSXF 750
Honda Civic Coupe 1.6
Volvo S40 T4 (or was it T5?) Company car
Ford Granada Scorpio Ghia, Auto (dont ask!!) 253,000 miles when I sold it on for more than I paid for it!
Honda CBR 600 (still have)
Reanault Megane
Landrover 110 V8 CSW (still have)
Landrover 90 300 TDI (still have)
Landrover Discovery
Brand new Volvo C30 (Still have)
Subaru Outback 2.51 SE (Still Have)

Bloody hell, thats some list looking back on it!!!


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Mini, mini, mini, Daf 55gt in beige and tweed. Nothing to recommend it except it ate everything incl 1600e's at traffic lights. Fiat Uno (it was sort of doctored by a friend of mine and went like hell and stopped on a sixpence) brilliant fun and was everyones weapon of choice for joyrides.
Saw the remains of a fiat after a crash on the glanshane pass and went Volvo.
Volvo, Carlton (one and only Vaux) Peugeot. Fiat, Renault Kangoo, (I have no idea) Chrysler PT Cruiser convertable. Great sound system and did 19 miles to the gallon.
Nissan Note, by this stage all I needed was transport and couldnt care less what it was. But this thing was bulletproof. Cavernous, had tons of cubbyholes and powerpoints. Never put a foot wrong but it was so dull.
Currently baby merc. We used to hire these everytime we went away. Ms Skid wanted to see if she could make the original (and subsequent ones) fall over. Solid,comfortable,took a bookcase when required. Does country roads and motorways. Went for roadtest. Stuck Rolling Stones paint it black in the cd player. Cranked it up, pronounced it acceptable and said we'd take it.
My lot since 1983:

82 Honda XL250
84 Yamaha RZ350
84 Yamaha XZ500
85 Honda FT400

--got hitched--

69 Ford Anglia
85 Honda Civic
74 Ford Transit (campervan bumming around in UK/Europe)
85 Toyota Corolla
85 Toyota MR2
84 Kawasaki GPZ900
90 BMW 535
94 Ducati 916
79 Fiat X1/9
86 Honda XL600
89 Isuzu Trooper
02 Toyota Rav4
89 Toyota Hilux
95 Fiat Coupe

--got unhitched--

02 Subaru Outback
No bike at present :(

Think that's all of them but you can forget a few.
Astra club
Ford fiesta ghia
Suzuki GXSF 600
Kawasaki 900 ninja
Alfa spider 3.2 convertable
Granada ghia estate 2.8
Landrover 3.5 V8 ambulance
KTM 300 exc
Land rover 3.5 V8 ambulance current
Mercedes W124 TE current

Not a practical motor amongst them :)
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1986 Vauxhall Astra 1.3
1989 Peugeot 205 1.0
1995 Citroen Xantia 1.9TD
1995 Peugeot 406 1.9TD (underpowered)
1997 Peugeot 306 2.0 GTi (brilliant car)
1999 Alfa 156 2.0
A mixed bag of motors, some shit, one very, very shit and a couple of extremely good cars.

Ford Escort 1.4L
Mazda 323 Fastback
Mitsubishi Colt 1.3
Rover 416 Saloon (oh the ******* shame....)
Golf GTI 2.0L
Golf GTI 1.8L
Ford Focus ST170
Nissan X Trail 2.2DCI
BWM 1 Series 118D
KIA Sportage CDI
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Mk1 Cavalier
Mk1 Opel Ascona
Opel Rekord
Ford Escort
Nissan Stanza
VW Polo
Porsche 924
Nissan Cherry
Porsche 924 Turbo
Saab 900 GL
Saab 900 Turbo 8v
Honda Civic
Saab 9000 Turbo
Saab 900 Turbo 16v
Mercedes 200 Estate
Rover 600 Turbo
VW Passat
MG ZTT 4.6 V8 (mobile Oil Crisis)
Ford Mondeo Diesel (i'll just kill myself now).

which one would i like to be buried in, viking stylee? The Saab 900 16v - insane turbo scream power. none of your crappy vauxhall saab shit neither.

Sack of Shit award: surprisingly, £500 Mercedes aren't much good. hooda thunk?

Pain in the Arse award: The Rover, for having brakes that took 3 days to bleed

Tank Subsitute Award: Saab 9000 - rammed *********** at roundabout by chav in Escort. Escort crumpled up to rear of wheels and a write off. Saab: split along top of rear bumper, and (once bumper removed) slightly bent bumper struts.
Austin 1100
Sunbeam Stiletto
Escort 1300
Triumph Spitfire
Fiat 128 Coupe
Yam RD250
XJ6 4.2
Suzuki 550
MG Midget
Fiat 128 Saloon
Suzuki GS1000
Fiat Strada Abarth
Yam RD350LC
Alfa 33 1700
Ford Falcon? Panel Van?
BMW 1602
BMW 2002
Fiat Panda
Allegro Hehe
Fiat Croma
Capri S
Transit Van
XJ6 3.2
Honda CB1300
Fiat Cinquecento
Mazda 626
Rover 45
Yamaha RD350LC YPVS
Fiat Cinquecento

Favourite: Any of the bikes
2nd Favourite: Whatever driving at the time
Most sentimental value: None whatsoever
Biggest pain in the arse: Either of the Jags
Most fun (car): The Fiats
Best all-rounder: Mazda
Cheap and Cheerful: Marinas
Sack of Shit Award: Rover
Humber Sceptre
Beetle 1303
Audi 80
Celica GT
Audi Quattro...original, all the above in BAOR
Capri 2.8
Sierra XR4i
Lexus GS300
Company Cars...Vectra, Audi and now Saab 1.9TiD Sport
+ my own Saab 2.0T
Since 1991 (ish)

MkII escort
Vauxhall Nova ( written off )
Ford Orion ( worlds most uninspiring car )
Polski Fiat FSO ( had a webber twin carb that used to ice up when it was cold, lasted a surprisingly long time)
Vauxhall astra, to be exact, two astras welded together.
Ford Escort, nice car until written off a day after I'd finished paying for it
Ford escort, bag of shit, however drove it into the ground was written off
Volvo 440 saloon
Vauxhall corsa.

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